Lululemon will expand its test of a loyalty program that offers free shipping, workout classes and other benefits for an annual fee of $128, the company said. The retailer launched the test in Edmonton, Alberta, and early reviews indicate members would pay more for the program.
Barnes & Noble's list of 20 great holiday gifts includes Mickey Mouse speakers, mittens and several types of socks, along with the book "Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave" by Joanna Gaines. It's one more title than the bookseller put on its 2017 list.
Several online-only brands tested in-store retail with Black Friday weekend pop-ups designed to give holiday shoppers a chance to experience their wares. Furniture brand Burrow created a pop-up in New York City's SoHo neighborhood to give shoppers a place to relax, watch movies and sip wine or beer.
Clas Ohlson will shutter 10 underperforming stores in the UK and Germany and focus on online retail in those markets, the Sweden-based company said. The budget retailer operates 227 stores in Finland, Norway and Sweden.
International brands that have established online retail sales in India are now making plans for brick-and-mortar stores in the country. Italian jeans brand Replay and Netherlands-based Scotch & Soda have teamed with Reliance Brands to open shops in India.
NRF's STORES magazine has rounded up the top articles readers clicked on in 2018. From the rebirth of private labels to the traits that make members of Generation Z extraordinary consumers, these stories that readers found compelling cover the breadth of STORES' in-depth reporting. Read more.
Superpedestrian will create an electric scooter that can self-diagnose mechanical problems and perform repairs. If the scooter is unable to fix the problem, it will notify a mechanic and turn off to prevent people from riding it.
Nearly 100 congressional representatives signed a letter seeking an investigation into XPO Logistics over accusations of mistreatment of pregnant employees. "We take seriously recent allegations concerning one of our warehouses and have launched an independent investigation," said XPO Logistics spokeswoman Molly Morse.
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